In Minnesota, Syngenta has announced that Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) has produced its one millionth gallon of cellulosic ethanol using Cellerate process technology at its Galva, Iowa, ethanol production facility. This milestone puts QCCP on track to produce 2 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year.
Cellerate can help ethanol plants increase production by converting corn kernel fiber into cellulosic ethanol. In addition to enabling plants to increase production by up to 6 percent, Cellerate can help ethanol producers increase the protein content of dried distillers grains to as much as 40 percent and increase total yield of distillers corn oil up to 1.6 pounds per bushel.
In 2014, Syngenta announced an agreement with Cellulosic Ethanol Technologies, a wholly-owned subsidiary of QCCP, to license Cellerate to ethanol plants.